AROUND 50 visits by cruise ships are due to take place at Greenock Ocean Terminal over the next few months, operator Peel Ports say.
The cruise industry has been allowed back into Scottish ports from this week following relaxation of pandemic regulations.
Anthem of the Seas, the first cruise ship to call at Greenock since the covid crisis began was welcomed today (Thursday). It was also the first to use the port’s new dedicated cruise pontoon.
Peel Ports Clydeport director Jim McSporran said: “It was exciting to see Anthem of The Seas sail into Greenock today. It’s a symbol that the gradual removal of covid restrictions which is taking place will soon see the cruise industry return to its pre-pandemic scale of operations and more.
“We’ve a very busy period coming up this year with 50 bookings at the new cruise terminal, and I’m looking forward to welcoming well in excess of 100 cruise arrivals next year.
“Peel Ports Clydeport is ready to play its part in boosting the tourism industry both locally and nationwide as passengers go on to visit tourist destinations throughout Central Scotland.”
Councillor Jim Clocherty, depute leader of Inverclyde Council, said: “The cruise market is hugely important for Inverclyde and Scotland and worth millions of pounds to the economy.
“With more things now opening up again, I’m delighted to see vessels back here on the Clyde and I hope people take the opportunity to discover Inverclyde and the many things it has to offer.
“The fact that so many ships and passengers are booked in already for this year and next is testament to the warm welcome visitors receive here and cements Greenock and Inverclyde’s place as a friendly port.”